Abdul-Baha in America by Robert H Stockman

By Robert H Stockman

The striking account of the adventure of Abdul-Baha, throughout a lot of the us to percentage a message of the oneness of humanity and the rules of common peace.

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There were many troubles and vicissitudes, but, in the thought of meeting you, all these things vanished and were forgotten…. As New York has made such progress in material civilization, I hope that it may also advance spiritually in the Kingdom and Covenant of God so that the friends here may become the cause of the illumination of America, that this city may become the city of love and that the fragrances of God may be spread from this place to all parts of the world. I have come for this…I am very happy to meet you all here today.

If the friends and the maid-servants of the Merciful long for the visit of Abdu’l-Baha, they must immediately remove from their midst differences of opinion and be engaged in the practice of infinite love and unity. No Bahai must open his lips in blaming another one, he must regard backbiting as the greatest sin of humanity, for it is clearly revealed in all the Tablets of Baha’o’llah that backbiting and faultfinding are the fiendish instruments and suggestions of Satan and the destroyers of the foundation of man.

Iii Bahá’í holy days came to be understood and commemorated starting in 1901, the nineteen-day Feastiv was begun by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and spread to North America by 1907, and Bahá’í hymns—both original works and modifications of Protestant classics—were published as early as 1903. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá directed American Bahá’ís to travel to Iran, Central Asia, India, and Burma to teach the Faith, and to settle in Germany and Iran. He called on Americans to elect local consultative bodies but left the details—how many members to elect, how often to elect them, and the procedures to follow in the electing—to the local American communities.

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